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Helping Bugs, including the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee

We spread the word, and swap native plants that improve habitat for insects and this endangered bug.

More about what we're doing

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February 20, 2024
Rusty Patched Bumble Bee. (c) Terry Miesle
Rusty Patched Bumble Bee. (c) Terry Miesle

Natural Habitat helps other species survive climate disruption too.

NHE talks with groups about ways to make your yard more bug-friendly. Periodically Natural Habitat members share host plants and seeds, including for the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee (RPBB). Watch our calendar.

Host Plants of the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee
Host Plants of the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee
Historical and Recent Range of Rusty Patched Bumble Bee. (c) Xerces Society
Historical and Recent Range of Rusty Patched Bumble Bee. (c) Xerces Society
Info on insect declines
Host plants for insects

Resources

Evanston Host Plant Initiative for the Rusty Patched Bumblebee

Evanston Host Plant Initiative for the Rusty Patched Bumblebee

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NWF WIldlife Certification

Certify your habitat with NWF

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Our Artificial Lighting Doorhanger

Artificial Lighting Doorhanger, NHE. Share at brightly lit buildings to explain why it matters to dim lights.

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Our Eco-Friendly Yard and Garden Landscaping flyer

Our short guide to get your garden buzzing with life — attracting butterflies, bees, fireflies and birds.

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Our Natural Habitat Newsletter Signup

Sign up for the NHE Newsletter

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Gardening that Matters video presentation

Gardening that Matters. Get Started or Enhance your Native Garden.  March 2023 presentation to North Shore Senior Center's Tuesday Club. A simple way to take action for climate, community healthand biodiversity: Swap out your lawn for native plants.  Reconsidering theculture of lawns. Why it matters, steps to prioritize, how to get started, andhow to amplify the change. Leslie Shad of Natural Habitat Evanston presents.

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NWF Native Plants Finder: Search your zip code for plants ranked by Tallamy

Website database: search your zip code for plants ranked by Tallamy

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Do Bug Zappers Work? Yeah—About As Well As Any Other Indiscriminate Wildlife Slaughter

NY Times, June 2023. Do Bug Zappers Work?

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Ghost in the making

Short film on the Rusty-Patched

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List of Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee Host Plants

Fish and Wildlife Service list of host plants for the Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee

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A Smarter Fall Cleanup

We now know that an overly aggressive approach to cleaning up in autumn can damage the environment. So what’s a responsible gardener to do?
Margaret Roach, The New York Times, A Smarter Fall Cleanup, 2020

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Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee general information

Fish and Wildlife Service information page on the Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee

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US Fish and Wildlife Service Fact Sheet on the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee

US Fish and Wildlife Service Fact Sheet on the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee

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You're Needed! Here Are Some Involvement Opportunities

Donating to Climate Action Evanston and earmarking your donation for Natural Habitat Evanston. You can further earmark your donation to one of our initiatives.

Take the Pollinator and Bird Pledge

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Join our Pollinator Pledge and let the city and landscapers know we care about sustainable yards. Take an optional yard sign to spread the word.

Join the Natural Habitat Evanston Newsletter

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Stay updated on green goings on in Evanston, workdays, advocacy issues and more.

Buffalo Grass Anyone?

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$25/bag to local residents (pickup; no shipping). We also have some $5 seed packets of bottlebrush and little bluestem grass. While supplies last. Emails should include your phone number and which species you are requesting. Pay by check payable to Citizens’ Greener Evanston at pickup.

Volunteer at plantings and invasive removals: parks and schools

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Help at outdoor workdays

Join No Mow May

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Rethink how you Lawn

Sign on: Northwestern students Petition for Bird-Friendly Films at Mudd Library

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Northwestern students Petition for Bird-Friendly Films at Mudd Library. Mudd Library accounts for over 14% of bird deaths and injuries on campus each year. Applying patterned window film to a portion of the building would dramatically reduce collisions that are fatal to birds.

More Ways to Volunteer: Spread the word

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Share out brochures, doorhangers, or flyers. Collect a bunch of materials on the 5th Ward Tree Giveaway, Pollinator Pledge, Eco landscaping, Yard care, Light pollution, Leaf blowers are an eco-disaster, or Buffalo Grass.

Join our Facebook Group

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Get updates and share your thoughts on our FB Group. You can also check out our FB page here https://www.facebook.com/NaturalHabitatEvanston

More yard signs: Mowing, Leaves, Leafblowers?

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Just want to spread the word on certain steps? Mow Less-Leave Leaves (2-sided yard sign) or Leafblowers sign

Join the Isabella Woods Newsletter

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Get news the next time there is a threat to Isabella Woods. (Only sent when there is news.)

Certify with National Wildlife Federation

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Provide Food, Water, Shelter, Places to Raise Young and Sustainable Steps for wildlife. It helps Evanston maintain its NWF Community-wide Wildlife Habitat certification.

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